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Christie: Critics of My Weight 'Among the Most Ignorant People' -- VIDEO

While putting an end to speculation that he would join the presidential race, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday spoke out about "serious commentators" who have judged his abilities as a leader based on his weight.

"I don't think undisciplined people get to achieve great positions in our society," Christie told reports. The critics "further stigmatize people in a way that is really irrelevant to people's ability to do a particular job."

As for comedians who have used his weight as fodder for jokes, Christie said: "As long as they're funny, what the hell do I care?"

Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 3:40pm

Apple Debuts New iPhone ... Make That Old iPhone

Apple’s new CEO, Tim Cook, took the stage on Tuesday to unveil the company’s long-awaited iPhone 5. Except he didn’t. Instead, Apple rolled out a painstaking list of upgrades to the current iPhone 4, which will be called the iPhone 4S, including a voice-command feature and a better camera.

Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 3:40pm

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Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 3:40pm

McConnell Seeks Vote On Obama Jobs Bill

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on Tuesday he will try to force a vote this week on President Obama’s $447 billion jobs proposal, in a surprise move intended to highlight Democratic divisions on the bill.

Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 3:40pm

New Perry Ad Welcomes Obama to Texas With Attack on Jobs Plan

Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry had been noticeably quiet over the last few days about President Obama’s planned trip to Dallas to discuss his jobs initiative. Then on Tuesday, minutes after Obama landed in Texas, the Perry presidential campaign broke its silence by releasing a video called “Jobs 101” welcoming Obama to Perry’s home turf and promoting the governor’s four principles of job creation.

Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 3:40pm

Bachmann Shifts Focus From Economy to Abortion for a Day in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa—Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., took a break from her emphasis on fiscal matters on Tuesday to focus on her strong opposition to abortion, a move aimed at shoring up support among her socially conservative base.

“In the midst of the No. 1 issue, which is jobs and the economy, we don't want to forget the issue of life,” Bachmann said at a media event in Des Moines that featured 18 local pastors. “Because you can get a lot of things wrong, but you can’t get life wrong.”

Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 3:40pm

Tommy Thompson Files Paperwork To Run For Senate

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson officially filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission Tuesday, doing so just days after the end of the third quarter fundraising deadline.

The timing is notable: The Republican will have a full quarter to raise money before he has to release his first set of figures. He's up against a field that includes former Rep. Mark Neumann, who has the ability to self-fund.

Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 3:40pm

Power Lunch: Cassidy and Russo

Cassidy and Associates' founder Gerry Cassidy and his former chief executive Marty Russo were spotted lunching at the K Street cafeteria Tosca this afternoon. They split the bill, according to the Alley's crack informant. 
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Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 3:40pm

House Approves Government Funding Through Nov. 18

In bipartisan fashion, the House on Tuesday voted 352 to 66 to adopt a measure that will keep government running for another six weeks and avert what, theoretically, could have been a midnight shutdown. 

But partisan storm clouds already are gathering over what happens next, as lawmakers seek resolution on how to fund the government for the rest of fiscal 2012. Fifty-three Republicans and 13 Democrats voted against the funding measure.

Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 3:40pm

Romney to Make Foreign Policy Speech on Friday

Mitt Romney said on Monday that he will make a major foreign policy speech on Friday in South Carolina, outlining what has thus far been a fuzzy issue for the ex-Massachusetts governor.

Romney first mentioned the speech during an appearance on conservative talk show host Sean Hannity's radio program.

Posted: Monday, October 3, 2011 - 7:40pm